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Listing the 2017 Patriots who are eligible to be placed on the practice squad

Miguel Benzan
May 2, 2017 at 5:03 pm ET

Starting at 1PM September 3rd the New England Patriots can build its practice squad, which can consist of up to ten players. Not every player is eligible to be on the practice squad.

Below are the criteria for six of the ten players:

  1. A player who has not accrued a season of NFL experience is eligible for the practice squad. (e.g. a rookie).
  2. A free agent who was active (46-man game-day roster) for fewer than nine games during their accrued season(s) is eligible for the practice squad (e.g. Woodrow Hamilton).
  3. A player cannot be on a practice squad for a third season unless his team has a full 53-man roster.

Note that a player must have a minimum of six games – up from the current three games – on a Practice Squad in order for that season to count as one of the player’s three permissible seasons of Practice Squad service.

Four of the ten players can have up to two accrued seasons of free agency credit. Absent this exception, a player who has earned one or more accrued seasons would not be eligible for a Practice Squad unless the player spent fewer than nine games on a club’s 46-player active list in each of his accrued seasons. Source: http://nflcommunications.com/2014/08/19/nfl-practice-squads-expand-to-10-players/

Note: A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons. An accrued season determines when a player reaches free agency. If a player at the end of his contract has 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA. If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA. A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

Reminder – In order to be placed onto the Patriots practice squad, the player must first clear waivers.

This year practice squad players will be paid a minimum of $7,200 a week, an increase from $6,900 last year. $7,200 * 10 players * 17 weeks= $1,224,000. Each and every year a few players on the Patriots practice squad will receive more than minimum. In 2016 the Patriots ended the season with six players making more than the minimum:
* Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
* Trevor Bates – $18,000
* Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker had two raises in 2016. The first increased his weekly pay from $6,900 to $10,000. The last raise increased his weekly salary from $10,000 to $15,000.
* DeAndrew White – $10,000
* Tyler Gaffney – $10,000
* Woodrow Hamilton – $26,471

There were four other practice squad players who was earning in 2016 more than the minimum before their time on the Patriots practice squad ended.

On August 7, 2015 ESPN’s Dianna Marie Russini tweeted that “clubs can give signing bonus, salary guarantees, and roster bonuses to players on Practice Squad.” Only heard of one such instance of this actually happening in 2015 or in 2016 – Darius Kilgo’s last 3 weeks salary was fully guaranteed in 2016.

Here is the list of all practice squad eligible Patriots on the team’s current roster and the reason why they are eligible.

* C David Andrews (Two accrued seasons)
* DT Malcom Brown (Two accrued seasons)
* LS Joe Cardona (Two accrued seasons)
* CB Justin Coleman (Two accrued seasons)
* TE James Ferentz (Two accrued seasons)
* OT Cameron Fleming (Two accrued seasons)
* DE Trey Flowers (Two accrued seasons)
* DE Geneo Grissom (Two accrued seasons)
* DT Darius Kilgo (Two accrued seasons)
* ST Brandon King (Two accrued seasons)
* TE James O’Shaughnessy (Two accrued seasons)
* S Jordan Richards (Two accrued seasons)
* OG Shaq Mason (Two accrued seasons)
* Jamil Douglas (One accrued season)
* RB DJ Foster (One accrued season)
* CB Cyrus Jones (One accrued season)
* CB Jonathan Jones (One accrued season)
* C Ted Karras (One accrued season)
* WR Malcolm Mitchell (One accrued season)
* LB Elandon Roberts (One accrued season)
* LG Joe Thuney (One accrued season)
* DT Vincent Valentine (One accrued season)
* WR DeAndrew White (One accrued season and one practice squad season)
* G Chase Farris (One practice squad season and no accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* TE Matt Lengel (One practice squad season and no accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* LB Trevor Bates (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* FB Glenn Gronkowski (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* DT Woodrow Hamilton (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* WR Devin Lucien (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
* DT Josh Augusta (rookie)
* DT Adam Butler (rookie)
* WR Austin Carr (rookie)
* TE Sam Cotton (rookie)
* OL Cole Croston (rookie)
* RB LeShun Daniels (rookie)
* CB D.J. Dean (rookie)
* OT Antonio Garcia (rookie)
* WR Cody Hollister (rookie)
* TE Jacob Hollister (rookie)
* DB David Jones (rookie)
* CB D.J. Killings (rookie)
* OL Jason King (rookie)
* LB Harvey Langi (rookie)
* OT Conor McDermott (rookie)
* CB Kenny Moore (rookie)
* OL Max Rich (rookie)
* DE Derek Rivers (rookie)
* DB Dwayne Thomas (rookie)
* S Jason Thompson (rookie)
* S Damarius Travis
* DE Corey Vereen (rookie)
* DE Deatrich Wise (rookie)

Please note that some of the above UDFAs may not be signed by the Patriots after their tryouts.

Players who were once on the Patriots roster sometime in 2017 who are eligible to be placed on the practice squad

1.) RB Tyler Gaffney (No accrued seasons with at least 9 games on 46-man roster)
2.) Tre’ Jackson (one accrued seasons)

NOTE: Chris Barker is ineligible to be placed on the practice squad because he has spend three seasons on a practice squad.

Some frequently asked questions about practice squad players:

Q: Does practice squad players pay count against a team’s salary cap?
A: Yes

Q: Do practice squad players get paid during the bye week?
A: Yes.

Q: Can practice squad pay be guaranteed?
A: Yes. The last three weeks of Darius Kilgo’s 2016 practice squad salary was fully guaranteed.

Q: If a practice squad player is cut during the week, is he paid for the week?
A: If a player is on the practice squad at 4PM Tuesday, he will be paid for the week even if released before that week’s game.

Players who were once on the Patriots roster sometime in 2017 who are eligible to be placed on a practice squad but now on another team’s roster. Note that teams can not sign a player from another’s practice squad to place him on theirs. They can sign player to their 53-man roster

Current inactive Patriots ineligible to be placed on the practice squad

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Explaining why the New England Patriots lost $4.5M in cap space on March 28, 2017

Miguel Benzan
March 28, 2017 at 6:38 pm ET

On March 28, 2017 I noticed that the Patriots salary cap number on the NFLPA site decreased by $4.5 million since March 27th. So I asked a couple of sources to see if the Patriots adjusted cap number had decreased or if the cap numbers for a player or two (most likely Amendola or Nate Solder). They were able to confirm that the Patriots adjusted cap number had decreased from $173,298,888 to $168,798,888.

Why the decrease?

When the new CBA was agreed upon in 2011, the Salary Cap saw a reduction and, for the first few years, stagnation. The 2009 cap was close to 128 million. The 2011 cap was $120 million. The 2012 cap was $120.6 Million. The 2013 cap was $123 million. Foreseeing this slow increases in the League Cap , Article 11, Section 5, Paragraph (e) of the CBA (Transition Rules for the 2011 League Year) allowed for teams to create additional cap room (a maximum of $4.5 million – three million in 2011; one and a half million in 2012) in the early years of the new CBA by receiving credits but required teams to repay any “borrowed” amount during the 2014 through 2017 league years. The CBA left it up to the team to decide when to repay those amounts but any borrowed cap space had to be paid by the 2017 League Year. I have never been able until today to determine if the Patriots borrow any cap space in 2011 or in 2012. I have been researching this since 2013. Had even asked the NFLPA once in a public conference call. I could tell that the Jets had paid back $4.5 million in 2014 and the Colts had paid back $3 million in 2014.

My fellow amateur capologist John Baines was able to determine that a total of 18 teams lost salary cap space today. The Broncos, Rams, and the Saints are the other NFL teams who lost $4.5 million in cap space today.

To sum this blog, the Patriots lost $4.5 million in cap space on March 28, 2017 because they had borrowed $3M in cap space in 2011 and $1.5M million in 2012.

Questions and Answers Section:

Q: What is the new Patriots adjusted cap number?
A: $168,798,888.

Q: What makes up the Patriots adjusted cap number of $168,798,888?
A: League Cap of $167,000,000
plus Prior Year Carryover of $5,292,335
plus the new adjustments figure of negative $3,493,447.

Q: What was the old adjustments figure?
A: $1,006,553

Q: What is your current Patriots salary cap number?
A: $21,955,850. This number accounts for all 64 players on the Patriots roster signed or tendered (like Malcolm Butler and Brandon King). This number also include Alan Branch who is not yet officially signed. The $21,955,850 number is the 10th highest in the NFL.

Q: Were you surprised that the Patriots lost $4.5M in cap space on March 28, 2017?
A: Always suspected that the Patriots had indeed borrowed the cap space but could never prove it. Had mentioned the possibility several times on Twitter, d in prior blog pieces, several podcasts and on patscap.com

Q: Do the Patriots have enough salary cap space for the rest of the season?
A: They have more than enough.

Q: Do you know the names of the three players that the Patriots took $1 million credits on in 2011?
A: No, I do not.

Q: Do you know the names of the three players that the Patriots took $500,000 credits on in 2012?
A: No, I do not.

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The defending Super Bowl Champions New England Patriots officially sign 9 players to futures contracts

Miguel Benzan
February 7, 2017 at 5:51 pm ET

On the same day that they celebrated their Super Bowl LI victory the Patriots announced that they have signed 9 players to futures contracts. The Patriots front office does not have any days off:)

One player, Rob Housler, was signed in January. The 8 others
DT Darius Kilgo
G Chris Barker
G Jamil Douglas
RB Tyler Gaffney
DT Woodrow Hamilton
G Chase Farris
LB Trevor Bates
WR Devin Lucien

all ended the 2016 season on the Patriots practice squad. FB Glenn Gronkowski and WR DeAndrew White are the only members of the 2016 Patriots practice squad not to signed to a 2017 contract. I expect the 8 to be signed to deals with minimum salaries for players with their experience.

Player – 2017 salary
DT Darius Kilgo – $615,000
G Chris Barker – $540,000
G Jamil Douglas- $540,000
RB Tyler Gaffney – $540,000
DT Woodrow Hamilton – $540,000
G Chase Farris – $465,000
LB Trevor Bates – $465,000
WR Devin Lucien – $465,000

Kilgo and Hamilton join Malcom Brown and Vincent Valentine as Patriots defensive tackles signed for the 2017 season. Chris Barker, Chase Farris, and Jamil Douglas join Joe Thuney, Shaq Mason, and Tre’ Jackson as guards. Gaffney becomes the fourth running back (Dion Lewis, James White, and DJ Foster) signed for the 2017 season. Trevor Bates is now the 6th linebacker (Shea McClellin, Rob Ninkovich, Jonathan Freeny, Kyle Van Noy, and Elandon Roberts) signed for the 2017 season.

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Comparing the Patriots Week 1 53-man roster to the Patriots Super Bowl LI 53-man roster

Miguel Benzan
February 4, 2017 at 9:45 pm ET

I thought that it would be interesting to look at the changes by position in the Patriots 53-man roster since Week 1. Please note that the players are sorted by descending cap number.

Quarterback

Week 1 (2)
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Super Bowl (3)
Tom Brady
Jimmy Garoppolo
Jacoby Brissett

Brady was suspended Week 1.

Running Back

Week 1 (5)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster

Super Bowl (6)
Brandon Bolden
LaGarette Blount
James Develin
James White
DJ Foster
Dion Lewis

Dion Lewis was on PUP Week 1.

Wide Receiver

Week 1 (4)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell

Super Bowl (5)
Chris Hogan
Julian Edelman
Danny Amendola
Malcolm Mitchell
Michael Floyd

The Patriots claimed Michael Floyd off waivers on December 15th.

Tight End

Week 1 (4)
Rob Gronkowski
Martellus Bennett
Clay Harbor
A.J. Derby

Super Bowl (2)
Martellus Bennett
Matt Lengel

Clay Harbor was released on October 3rd. A.J. Derby was traded to the Broncos on October 25th. Matt Lengel was signed off the Bengals practice squad on November 2nd. The Patriots placed Rob Gronkowski on IR on December 3rd.

Center

Week 1 (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

Super Bowl (2)
David Andrews
Ted Karras

No change

Guard

Week 1 (3)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason
Jonathan Cooper

Super Bowl (2)
Joe Thuney
Shaq Mason

Jonathan Cooper was waived on October 8th.

Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

Super Bowl (4)
Nate Solder
Marcus Cannon
LaAdrian Waddle
Cameron Fleming

No change

To basically sum up the changes on the offensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Tom Brady, Dion Lewis, and Michael Floyd for Rob Gronkowski, Jonathan Cooper, and Clay Harbor.

Cornerback

Week 1 (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

Super Bowl (6)
Logan Ryan
Cyrus Jones
Eric Rowe
Malcolm Butler
Justin Coleman
Jonathan Jones

No change

Safety

Week 1 (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

Super Bowl (4)
Devin McCourty
Patrick Chung
Duron Harmon
Jordan Richards

No change

Defensive End

Week 1 (3)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers

Super Bowl (4)
Jabaal Sheard
Chris Long
Trey Flowers
Geneo Grissom

No change

Defensive Tackle

Week 1 (4)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine
Anthony Johnson

Super Bowl (3)
Alan Branch
Malcom Brown
Vincent Valentine

Linebacker

Week 1 (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Shea McClellin
Jonathan Freeny
Jamie Collins
Elandon Roberts

Super Bowl (5)
Dont’a Hightower
Rob Ninkovich
Shea McClellin
Kyle Van Noy
Elandon Roberts

Rob Ninkovich was suspended Week 1. Jonathan Freeny was placed on Injured Reserve on October 15th. Kyle Van Noy was acquired from the Detroit Lions in a trade on October 25th. Jamie Collins was traded to the Cleveland Browns on October 31.

To basically sum up the changes on the defensive side of the ball the Patriots switched Rob Ninkovich, Kyle Van Noy, and Geneo Grissom for Jamie Collins, Anthony Johnson, and Jonathan Freeny.

Special Teams

Week 1 (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

Super Bowl (7)
Stephen Gostkowski
Matther Slater
Ryan Allen
Nate Ebner
Barkevious Mingo
Joe Cardona, Joe
Brandon King

No change

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Current roster status of the Super Bowl XLIX Champions New England Patriots – Updated on January 23, 2017

Miguel Benzan
January 23, 2017 at 6:42 am ET

The following tables attempt to show the current roster status of the 72 Patriots who were on the Patriots roster the day of Super Bowl XLIX. This is as of November 11, 2016. This illustrates why sometimes people say the NFL stands for “Not For Long”.  Super Bowl XLIX was played on February 1, 2015.  Less than two years later the Patriots roster looks very different.

Player                - 2014 Roster Status - Current Status
Aiken, Danny          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Allen, Ryan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Amendola, Danny       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Arrington, Kyle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Ravens)
Ayers, Akeem          - 53 man roster      - Signed with Rams (Now with Colts)
Barker, Chris         - Practice Squad     - Practice Squad
Bequette, Jake        - Practice Squad     - Cut. Out of League
Blount, LeGarrette    - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Bolden, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Boyce, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Browns)
Brady, Tom            - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Branch, Alan          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Browner, Brandon      - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Browner's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Buchanan, Michael     - IR                 - Cut. Now Out of League
Butler, Malcolm       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Cannon, Marcus        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Casillas, Jonathan    - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Chung, Patrick        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Collins, Jamie        - 53 man roster      - Traded to another team (Browns)
Connolly, Dan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
Dennard, Alfonzo      - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Develin, James        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Devey, Jordan         - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Chiefs)
Dobson, Aaron         - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Cardinals)
Easley, Dominique     - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Rams)
Ebner, Nate           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Edelman, Julian       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Cameron      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Darius       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Gaffney, Tyler        - IR                 - Practice Squad. 
Garoppolo, Jimmy      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gilbert, Garrett      - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league.
Gordon, Cameron       - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league
Gostkowski, Stephen   - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gray, Jonas           - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Green, Justin         - Practice Squad     - Retired
Gronkowski, Rob       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Harmon, Duron         - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hauptmann, Caylin     - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Hightower, Dont'a     - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hoomanawanui, Michael - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Saints)
Jones, Chandler       - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Cardinals)
Jones, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (49ers)
Kline, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Titans)
Krause, Jonathan      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Titans)
Lafell, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Bengals)
Martin, Eric          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of League
Mayo, Jerod           - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Officially Mayo's option was declined. Officially Mayo did not retire
McCourty, Devin       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Moore, Zach           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Morris, James         - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Ninkovich, Rob        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Orton, Greg           - IR                 - Not tendered. Now out of League.
Revis, Darrelle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Jets)
Revis's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Ridley, Stevan        - IR                 - Signed with Lions. Now with Falcons
Ryan, Logan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Siliga, Sealver    - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. With another team (Seahawks)
Skinner, Deontae      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Giants)
Slater, Matthew       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Solder, Nate          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Stork, Bryan          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league
Swanson, Dax          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Tyms, Brian           - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. Now out of league.
Vellano, Joe          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Falcons)
Vereen, Shane         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Vollmer, Sebastian    - 53 man roster      - PUP
Wendell, Ryan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
White, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
White, James          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Wilfork, Vince        - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Texans)
Wilfork's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Wilson, Tavon         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Lions)
Wright, Tim           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Lions)

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 24
Cut. With another team 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 4
Retired 2
PUP 1
Untendered. With another team 1
Untendered. Now out of league 1
IR 10
Cut. Now out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Practice squad 1
Untendered. Now out of League 1
Practice Squad 9
Cut. Now Out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Retired 1
Practice Squad 1
Grand Total 72
53 man roster 24
Cut. Now out of League 17
Cut. With another team 14
Signed with Another Team 5
Traded 4
Retired 3
Untendered. Now out of League 2
Untendered. With another team 1
PUP 1
Practice Squad 2

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Previewing the 2017 New England Patriots Salary Cap (Part 1)

Miguel Benzan
January 7, 2017 at 7:33 am ET

A couple of my Twitter followers asked for a New England Patiots 2017 salary cap preview. Please note that I have used Brian McFarland’s preview of the Ravens 2015 salary cap a template for this blog post. I decided to break up this preview so as to limit the length. Would like to prevent ice cream headaches during the middle of winter:)

These numbers were last updated on January 4, 2017.

Quick summary – The Patriots are going to have to make several difficult decisions in the next year about which young players to retain. I will presume that the 2017 salary cap will be $170 million. Given that we are about 2 months away from the start of the 2017 League Year (4PM, March 9) this preview is probably a bit premature so I plan to update this in February after the Super Bowl.

PLAYERS UNDER CONTRACT
The Patriots presently have the following 40 players under contract for 2017 (with Cap Numbers indicated):

QBs (3): Tom Brady ($14M); Jimmy Garoppolo ($1,108,513); Jacoby Brissett ($775,189)

RBs (3):  Dion Lewis ($1.4875M); James White ($789,272); DJ Foster ($540K)

WRs (4): Danny Amendola ($7,791,868); Julian Edelman ($5,750,000); Chris Hogan ($2,968,750); Malcolm Mitchell ($684,498)

TE (1): Rob Gronkowski ($6.75M)

C (2): David Andrews ($620,000); Ted Karras ($565,089)

G (3): Joe Thuney ($768,357); Tre’ Jackson ($745,935); Shaq Mason ($725,881)

OT (4): Nate Solder ($11,166,418); Marcus Cannon ($3,368,750); Sebastian Vollmer ($2,250,000); LaAdrian Waddle ($1.15M)

DE (2): Trey Flowers ($754,733); Geneo Grissom ($615,000)

DT (2): Malcom Brown ($2,076,336); Vincent Valentine ($716,355)

LBs (5): Shea McClellin ($3,283,333); Rob Ninkovich ($2.35M); Jonathan Freeney ($1,735,833); Kyle Van Noy ($1,115,741); Elandon Roberts ($565,089)

CBs (3): Cyrus Jones ($910,614); Eric Rower ($878,624); Jonathan Jones ($543,333);

S (3): Devin McCourty ($10.935M); Patrick Chung ($4.5M); Jordan Richards($1,012,241)

ST (5): Stephen Gostkowski ($4.5M) Matthew Slater ($1,612,500); Ryan Allen ($1.9M); Nate Ebner ($1.2M); Joe Cardona ($685K)

The above 40 players are under contract for a total Salary Cap commitment (which includes dead money from players no longer on the team) of $107,305,742.

Initial projections have estimated that the 2017 Salary Cap would see an increase of between $13M and $15M, moving the Cap up to between $166M and $170M.

So, using the figure of $170M for the estimated Cap, the Patriots will initially have around $62.7M in Cap space.

This will be the basis for early reports on the status of the Patriots’ Salary Cap, but it’s important to keep in mind that this number is based only on the 40 players that are presently under contract and nowhere near representative of the team’s Cap with a full roster.

So, between now and March 9th at 4:00 p.m., when the new league year begins and free agency begins, the Patriots will have a lot of work to do.

PRACTICE SQUAD FREE AGENTS (Futures Contracts)
In past years, the Patriots have usually re-signed all of their Practice Squad players to contracts for the coming year. The announcement of those signed should come right after the Super Bowl.

The 10 players currently on the Practice Squad are:

DT – Darius Kilgo
DT – Woodrow Hamilton
LB – Trevor Bates
G – Jamil Douglas
G – Chris Barker
G – Chase Farris
RB – Tyler Gaffney
FB – Glenn Gronkowski
WR – Devin Lucien
WR – DeAndrew White

Glenn Gronkowski, Devin Lucien, Chase Farris, and Trevor Bates will be signed to an one-year contracts of $465K. Based on already having a credited season in the NFL, Chris Barker, Woodrow Hamilton, Tyler Gaffney, DeAndrew White, and Jamil Douglas would receive one-year contracts of $540K. With two credited seasons, Darius Kilgo will receive an one-year contracts of $615K. The Patriots total cap commitment after signing their practice squad is $112,480,742.

2016 SALARY CAP CARRYOVER
Under the terms of the CBA, teams are now allowed to carry over excess Salary Cap space from one year to the next. As of 1/4 I am projecting that the Patriots will end the 2016 season with about $5.4 million in cap space. Add $5.4m to our League Cap Projection of $170m and we now have the Patriots adjusted cap as $175.4 million. Subtract Pats commitment of $112,480,742 from $175.4 million and we get about $62.9 million in cap space with 62 players on the Patriots 2016 roster.

INCENTIVE ADJUSTMENTS:The Patriots’ 2016 Cap will also see adjustments for incentives earned that didn’t count against the 2016 Cap (“Not Likely To Be Earned” incentives) that were actually earned and incentives that did count against the 2016 Cap (“Likely To Be Earned” incentives) but weren’t earned.

The total of these incentive adjustments are usually not disclosed until near the beginning of the 2017 league year in March. I currently project that the Patriots will get a debit of $647,500. See my blog post that tracks the Patriots incentives to see the underlying details behind this projection. Subtract $647,500 from the prior Patriots adjusted cap number of $175.4 million and we now have our final projection of the Patriots 2016 adjusted cap number as $174,652,500. Subtract $112,480,472 from $174,652,500 and we get about $62.3 million in cap space.

2011/2012 CAP ADJUSTMENT REPAYMENT: When the new CBA was agreed upon in 2011, the Salary Cap saw a reduction and, for the first few years, stagnation. Foreseeing this, the terms of the CBA allowed for teams to borrow ($3M in 2011; $1.5M in 2012) against future Caps, but forced teams to repay that amount during the 2014 through 2017 league years. The CBA left it up to the team to decide when to repay those amounts. I have been unable to determine if the Patriots borrow any cap space in 2011 or in 2012. But if they did, they will have to pay it back by the start of the 2017 League Year.

AARON HERNANDEZ: While I expect the Patriots to receive a $3.25M credit for Aaron Hernandez, I am now unsure if the credit will come before the 2017 League Year begins. I detailed why in this linked blog post.

EXCLUSIVE RIGHTS FREE AGENTS (ERFAs)
These players must be tendered contracts of the league minimum, based on the player’s length of service in the league ($615K, $540K or $465K). Once tendered, these players are fully under the team’s control and are not free to negotiate with other teams.

The Patriots have 3 players who will become Exclusive Rights Free Agents (ERFAs) after the 2016 season

TE – Matt Lengel ($540K)
CB – Justin Coleman ($615K)
S – Brandon King ($615K)

In the past, the Patriots have usually tendered all of their ERFAs who played some during the regular season. The Patriots have sometimes not tendered a player who spent the entire prior season on IR (Greg Orton – 2014 season). I go in more detail about the ERFAs in this blog piece.. Tendering their 3 ERFAs will increase the Patriots total commitment by $840,000 as Brandon King and Justin Coleman displaces players with a $465K salary from the Top 51 list while Matt Lengel’s 540K salary is now part of the Top 51 list. Our new total cap commitment number is $113,320,742. Subtract that from our $174,652,500 projection for the 2016 Patriots adjusted cap number and we get about $61.5 million in cap space.

PROJECTED ADJUSTED TEAM CAP AND RULE OF 51 SALARY CAP COMMITMENT

Based on all of the above, I am projecting that the Patriots will have an adjusted Team Salary Cap of $175.4M. The team’s adjusted Cap consists of the projected league-wide Salary Cap of $170M, plus the carryover of the 2016 excess Cap space of $5.4M (estimated), and incentive/Cap repayment adjustments (a debit amount of around $647,500).

So, for the purposes of this projection – and presenting the worst place scenario as the starting point – if the team signs and tenders all of their practice squad players and ERFAs and prior to the team making any other roster moves (releases or retirements) or the restructure of any contracts, the team will have 53 players under contract.

During the offseason, though, when rosters can balloon to up to 90 players, only the highest 51 Salary Cap numbers (and all 2016 signing bonus prorations and all dead money from released players) are counted for Salary Cap purposes.

As such, the Patriots’ estimated Rule of 51 number – again, if they sign all 10 practice squad players and tender all 3 ERFAs would be a Cap commitment of just over $113.3M

Estimates
2017 Cap – 170M
2016 Carryover – 5.4m
2016 Adjustments (-$647,500)
2016 Pats adjusted cap – $174,652,500
2017 Cap Commitment (53 players) – $113,320,742
2017 Patriots Cap Space = $61,331,758

In my next part I will look at how the Patriots will most likely use this cap space. Please note that this is the highest amount of cap space during the Robert Kraft/Bill Belichick era.

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Once again the New England Patriots take care of their practice squad players, especially Darius Kilgo

Miguel Benzan
December 17, 2016 at 11:49 am ET

The Patriots have a long history of paying some of their practice squad players more than the minimum salary. Today I learned that the Patriots continued this fine tradition by increasing the weekly pay of one practice squad player (Trevor Bates) while paying Darius Kilgo like he is on the 53-man roster as opposed to being on the practice squad.

Background – The 2016 standard weekly pay for a practice squad player is $6,900. The 2016 standard weekly pay for a NFL rookie is $26,470.59.

Trevor Bates was making $6,900 weekly will now be making $18,000 a week. Darius Kilgo who was signed to the Patriots practice squad on Saturday, December 10, is being paid like a player with one season of NFL experience. The minimum salary for a player with one year of NFL experience is $525,000. $525,000 divided by 17 equals $30,882.35 weekly. So instead of being paid $6,900 a week Darius Kilgo is being paid $30,882.35, a difference of close to $24,000 a week. Kilgo’s cap number while on the practice squad is $277,941. If he was being paid the standard practice squad pay, it would have been $27,600. You may be wondering why Kilgo’s salary cap number is not $123,529 (30,882.35 times four weeks). It is because of a CBA quirk. Postseason pay is usually considered a benefit under the CBA and usually does not count against a team’s salary cap. The sole exception is when a practice squad player signs or redoes his deal after December 1 in that case all of his salary counts against the salary cap. Here is the quote from the CBA – “Postseason pay (as described in Articles 37 and 38) and salary paid to Practice Squad players pursuant to a Practice Squad Contract during the postseason, unless the Practice Squad Player Contract is executed or renegotiated after December 1 for more than the minimum Practice Squad salary, in which case all salary paid to such a Practice Squad player during the postseason will be counted as Salary.” Since the postseason is 5 weeks long Kilgo’s cap number is $277,491 ($30,882.35 times 9 weeks). Trevor Bates’ cap number is now $178,500 ($6,900 times 5 weeks plus $18,000 times 8 (instead of 3) weeks).

If the Patriots do not happen to play in the Super Bowl, they will receive a credit on the 2017 cap for each postseason week that Bates and Kilgo miss.

This increase surely shows how much the Patriots value Darius Kilgo and will prevent any team from signing him to their 53-man roster as there is no financial incentive for him to now leave the Patriots.

The Patriots have 10 players on their practice squad. The following players are being paid more than the minimum
Darius Kilgo – $30,882.35
Trevor Bates – $18,000
Chris Barker – $15,000 – Barker has had two raises this year. The first increased his weekly pay from $6,900 to $10,000. The last raise increased his weekly salary from $10,000 to $15,000.
DeAndrew White – $10,000
Tyler Gaffney – $10,000

Four former practice squad players (DJ Foster, Bishop Sankey, Geneo Grissom and Anthony Johnson) were also being paid more than the minimum before their stays on the Patriots practice squad ended.

Why pay practice squad players more than the minimum? Show appreciation and encourage them to stay with the Patriots if offered a chance to sign with another team. Increasing a practice squad player makes it more likely that the player will sign a future contract with the team after the season ends.

Little gestures like these make me proud to be a fan of the New England Patriots. The Patriots are the only team in the NFL that is paying at least 5 practice squad players more than the minimum. A good number of teams are paying 1 practice squad player more than the minimum. A couple of teams (Ravens, Chiefs, and Broncos) are paying 2 players more than the minimum. No team is paying 3 players. No team is paying 4 players. The New England Patriots are paying 5.

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Current roster status of the Super Bowl XLIX Champions New England Patriots – Updated on November 11, 2016

Miguel Benzan
November 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm ET

The following tables attempt to show the current roster status of the 72 Patriots who were on the Patriots roster the day of Super Bowl XLIX. This is as of November 11, 2016. This illustrates why sometimes people say the NFL stands for “Not For Long”.  Super Bowl XLIX was played on February 1, 2015.  Less than two years later the Patriots roster looks very different.

Player                - 2014 Roster Status - Current Status
Aiken, Danny          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
Allen, Ryan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Amendola, Danny       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Arrington, Kyle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Ravens)
Ayers, Akeem          - 53 man roster      - Signed with Rams (Now with Colts)
Barker, Chris         - Practice Squad     - Practice Squad
Bequette, Jake        - Practice Squad     - Cut. Out of League
Blount, LeGarrette    - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Bolden, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Boyce, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Browns)
Brady, Tom            - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Branch, Alan          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Browner, Brandon      - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Browner's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Buchanan, Michael     - IR                 - Cut. Now Out of League
Butler, Malcolm       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Cannon, Marcus        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Casillas, Jonathan    - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Chung, Patrick        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Collins, Jamie        - 53 man roster      - Traded to another team (Browns)
Connolly, Dan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
Dennard, Alfonzo      - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Develin, James        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Devey, Jordan         - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Chiefs)
Dobson, Aaron         - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League
Easley, Dominique     - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Rams)
Ebner, Nate           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Edelman, Julian       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Cameron      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Fleming, Darius       - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Gaffney, Tyler        - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league. 
Garoppolo, Jimmy      - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gilbert, Garrett      - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league.
Gordon, Cameron       - IR                 - Cut. Now out of league
Gostkowski, Stephen   - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Gray, Jonas           - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league.
Green, Justin         - Practice Squad     - Retired
Gronkowski, Rob       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Harmon, Duron         - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hauptmann, Caylin     - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Hightower, Dont'a     - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Hoomanawanui, Michael - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Saints)
Jones, Chandler       - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Cardinals)
Jones, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (49ers)
Kline, Josh           - 53 man roster      - Traded. With another team (Titans)
Krause, Jonathan      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Titans)
Lafell, Brandon       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Bengals)
Martin, Eric          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of League
Mayo, Jerod           - IR                 - Cut. Now out of League.
Officially Mayo's option was declined. Officially Mayo did not retire
McCourty, Devin       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Moore, Zach           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Morris, James         - IR                 - Cut. With another team (Cowboys)
Ninkovich, Rob        - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Orton, Greg           - IR                 - Not tendered. Now out of League.
Revis, Darrelle       - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Jets)
Revis's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Ridley, Stevan        - IR                 - Signed with Lions. Now with Falcons
Ryan, Logan           - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Siliga, Sealver    - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. With another team (Seahawks)
Skinner, Deontae      - Practice Squad     - Cut. With another team (Giants)
Slater, Matthew       - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Solder, Nate          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Stork, Bryan          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of league
Swanson, Dax          - Practice Squad     - Cut. Now out of league
Tyms, Brian           - 53 man roster      - Not tendered. Now out of league.
Vellano, Joe          - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Falcons)
Vereen, Shane         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Giants)
Vollmer, Sebastian    - 53 man roster      - PUP
Wendell, Ryan         - 53 man roster      - Retired
White, Chris          - 53 man roster      - Cut. Now out of League
White, James          - 53 man roster      - 53 man roster
Wilfork, Vince        - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Texans)
Wilfork's 2015 option was not picked up by the Patriots
Wilson, Tavon         - 53 man roster      - Signed with another team (Lions)
Wright, Tim           - 53 man roster      - Cut. With another team (Lions)

Below is a summary.

53 man roster 53
53 man roster 24
Cut. With another team 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Signed with Another Team 4
Traded 4
Retired 2
PUP 1
Untendered. With another team 1
Untendered. Now out of league 1
IR 10
Cut. Now out of League 6
Cut. With another team 2
Signed with Another Team 1
Untendered. Now out of League 1
Practice Squad 9
Cut. Now Out of League 5
Cut. With another team 2
Retired 1
Practice Squad 1
Grand Total 72
53 man roster 24
Cut. Now out of League 17
Cut. With another team 14
Signed with Another Team 5
Traded 4
Retired 3
Untendered. Now out of League 2
Untendered. With another team 1
PUP 1
Practice Squad 1

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Crafting an extension with Martellus Bennett

Miguel Benzan
October 12, 2016 at 11:48 pm ET

Am proud to announce that my good friend Felipe Von Zuben asked me to write a weekly column for him that will be translated into Portuguese. Felipe is the one of the driving forces behind the Patriotas website. Patriotas is the official Brazilian New England Patriots Fan Club. This column will be first published here in English and Felipe will then translate into Portuguese so it will appear on the Patriotas website on Thursday. The basic format of this weekly blog piece will be:
1.) a recap of the prior week’s transactions.
2.) long answer to a question
3.) explain a salary cap term

Recapping the prior week’s transactions

Since I blogged on the salary cap impact of the Patriots waiving Jonathan Cooper the Patriots released Glenn Gronkowski from the practice squad and re-signed Ian Silberman to the practice squad and signed Shaq Evans.

Releasing Glenn Gronkowski created $75,900 in cap space.
Signing Shaq Evans took up $82,800 ($6,900 each week) in cap space.
Re-signing Ian Silberman took up $82,800) in cap space.
Summing up these 3 practice squad transactions the Patriots lost $89,700 in cap space.

After the 3 practice squad transactions the Patriots have:
a.) 53-man roster
b.) 2 players (Michael Williams and Jacoby Brissett) on IR
c.) 3 players (Sebastian Vollmer, Tre’ Jackson and Dion Lewis) on Reserve-PUP
d.) 10-man practice squad.

As of 8:30 PM October 12th I have the Patriots with $9,794,138 in cap space for the 2016 season.

Crafting an extension for Martellus Bennett

.TB12 aks southpawXLIX tweeted this question to me – “do you estimate that the Patriots have the cap space for a Bennett extension?”.

The answer is yes.  Currently the Patriots have around 10 million in cap space for the 2016 season and have committed very little to future cap years.
2017 – $102 million
2018 – $81 million
2019 – $54 million

.TB12 also asked what a Bennett extension would like.

Background information: Martellus Bennett is 29 years old and he will turn 30 on March 10, a day after NFL free agency begins in 2017. He is in the last year of a 4-year $20.4 million contract. He has a total of 9 games since the start of his NFL career. He missed two games in 2009 and in 2011 while missing 5 games in 2015 after fracturing his ribs. He has played in all 16 games 5 times (2008, 2010,2012,2013, and 2014). The Patriots are mindful of the salary cap hierarchy so if extended by the Patriots Bennett should not expect to exceed Rob Gronkowski’s APY of 9 million.  When he was extended in 2012 Aaron Hernandez was scheduled to have cap numbers of 7 million in both 2017 and 2018.

Bennett is playing on a 5.1M APY deal
5M APY deal ties for 17th highest.
6M – 16th
7M – 14th
8M – 7th
9M – tied for 5th
10M – tied for 1st

While looking for comparables for Martellus Bennett I found two players that were close to Bennett in both age and talent level – Delanie Walker and Greg Olsen

Delanie Walker who is 32 years old was extended by the Titans in May. His extension added two years to his deal so that it covered the 2016/2017/2018 seasons. Walker received a $2.5M signing bonus. He also got a 2016 $1.5m roster bonus that was guaranteed. His 2.7 million 2016 salary is fully guaranteed. $1.5M of his 2017 salary becomes fully guaranteed the 5th day of the 2017 league year. He also has a $50,000 workout bonus each year of the deal and can earn up to $250,000 ($15,625 per game) in 46-man active roster bonus each year. Walker has a $500,000 roster bonus that is due early in 2018 so as to presumably force the Titans to make decision early on him.

Delanie Walker Deal

Greg Olsen was extended by the Carolina Panthers in March of 2015, a week before he turned 30. His extension added three years to his deal so that it covered the 2015/2016/2017/2018 seasons. Olsen received a $12 million signing bonus. He has a workout bonus each year of the deal ($100,000 in 2015; $250,000 the last 3 years of the deal).

Greg Olsen Deal

It seems reasonable to venture that a Bennett extension in the $7 to $8 million per year average range would be fair for both sides and would recognize that Bennett, while not the top dog on the Patriots, is one of the league’s best tight ends. A possible deal would have the following parameters:

* $6 million signing bonus which would be prorated over 3 years (2016/2017/2018)
* Fully guaranteed  2017 salary.
* $100,000 offseason workout bonus
* $400,000 46-man active roster bonus

Martellus Bennett Deal

This deal averages 8 million per year in new money over the two extended years. That 8M APY would give Bennett the 7th highest APY for a tight end.  Bennett’s 2017 and 2018 cap numbers are the same as Aaron Hernandez’s would have been.

Salary Cap Glossary

A credited season determines the minimum salary of a player with X numbers of credited seasons.
An accrued season determines when a player reaches free agency. If a player at the end of his contract has 2 or fewer accrued seasons, he will become a ERFA (Exclusive Rights Free Agent). If a player at the end of his contract has 3 accrued seasons, he will become a RFA (Restricted Free Agent). If he has 4 or more accrued seasons to his credit, he will become an UFA (Unrestricted Free Agent). A player need 6 games to get credit for an accrued season; 3 games on the 53-man roster to get credit for a credited season. Games on IR or on PUP count in the accrued season calculation but do NOT count in the credited season calculation.

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Cap-Sized thoughts before the Bills game

Miguel Benzan
October 1, 2016 at 9:42 pm ET

Had some various thoughts that were not long enough to justify blogging on them so I decide to create this mish-mash on this first day of October

1.) Glad to see Oliver Thomas back on the Patriots coverage.

2.) Have to thank Doug Kyed and Danny Goldberg for helping me resolve my Twitter password problem.

3.) There was a report this week that the Patriots had the lowest payroll in the NFL with spending $108 million in cash. That report is incorrect. That report was based on looking at http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/cash/ which was not including the cash due to Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich because they were suspended at the time of the report. On the Spotrac main cash page for the Patriots http://www.spotrac.com/nfl/new-england-patriots/cash/ they have the Patriots cash spending at over $140 million. 140 million is a lot closer to my cash total of $138 million for the Patriots than is $108 million.

4.) Professional Patriots troll Bart Hubbuch displayed his ignorance of the salary cap with this tweet – “Many people around the NFL have speculated this very thing. Brady is his agent’s only client and keeps taking way below value. Very curious.” I know of at least two other Patriots who are clients of Don Yee – Julian Edelman and Jimmy Garoppolo. Brady’s 2010 deal made him the highest paid player in the NFL. When a player is extended with two years left on his deal as it often happened with Brady and Patriots the player is expected to give a discount since the team is taking on his injury risk for two years. Compare J.J. Watt’s deal with Suh’s deal with the Dolphins as an example.

5.) As of 9:30 PM October 1st the Patriots have 15 players who are scheduled to hit unrestricted free agency after this year. I expect a couple of them to be extended during the season. The most likely candidates are James Develin, Chris Long, and LeGarrette Blount.

6.) Blount’s great start (298 rushing yards in 3 games) has put him in great position to earn all of his rushing yards incentives (750,000 total if he rushes for 1,100 yards).

7.) Aaron Hernandez’s 2017/2018 cap hits were scheduled to be 7 million each so the Pats were planning to have their #2 TE with a high cap hit. Do not rule an extension with Bennett.

8.) Patriots will receive a $600,000 credit on their 2017 cap if Dominique Easley remains on the Los Angeles Rams roster for the entire 2016 season.

9.) On October 3rd Tom Brady and Rob Ninkovich can return to the Patriots 53-man roster. As of 9:40 PM my guess is that D.J. Foster and A.J. Derby will be waived to make room for them.  Any serious injury during the Bills game to a Patriots player will of course have an impact on what actually happens/

10.) 7 original members of the Patriots 10-man practice squad remain on the Patriots practice squad. Expect a couple of them to have their weekly salaries of $6,900 increased.

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